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Time Saving Tuesday: Starting the School Year Right with Healthy Choice

August 23, 2016Danita

Special thanks to Healthy Choice for starting our school year right and sponsoring this Time Saving Tuesday.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I am starting to plan for back to school and for this Time Saving Tuesday I’m sharing lunch ideas.

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Schools here started this week and I’m sure most of you are already back into the swing of things.  But after a busy Summer we’re having a little “down time”.    

One of the up sides to homeschooling is…. I get to decide when we start!  

A few weeks ago (before the wedding) I realized I hadn’t given school a second thought since we closed our books in early June.  I decided to take a quick look through my calendar and see what we had planned after the wedding and into September.  As I flipped open the first page of September I saw in my own handwriting “Start School” written in INK on the day after Labor Day!  I honestly have no idea when I wrote it.  I really have no recollection of even thinking about it.  BUT, the fact is….I already made the decision AND it was written in ink.  There’s no changing that!  It would just make a big mess.  So, I gratefully closed my calendar and was happy to have that settled.  I’m thankful we have a couple more weeks before our schedule gets busy again.  

Our middle daughter, however, is beginning college in a few days.  She’s very excited to begin cosmetology school.  Since the course is only 1 year it means many days of very long hours.  

One thing she and I want to be more careful about this school year is….lunch.  Normally it’s a struggle to figure out what to eat, when to have time to eat it and how to avoid junk food.  My daughter likes to eat well and is concerned about getting into a habit of eating fast food. I tend to be more of a “snacker”, grabbing a little of this and a little of that each time I pass through the kitchen. THAT is a great way to add up calories FAST!  

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I was thrilled when Healthy Choice asked me to try their new Simply CafĂ© Steamers.  They include new organic-ingredient options and are prepared to maximize flavor….in a healthy way.  The ingredients are made of non-GMO and 100% natural ingredients.

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Best of all…. 4 Great Flavors!

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Unwrapped Burrito Bowl: Organic black and pinto beans, fire roasted corn, red bell peppers and scallions with organic whole grain brown rice in a tomatillo sauce.  ‘Cuz you know Mexican is my favorite!

Sweet & Spicy Asian-Style Noodle Bowl: Udon noodles, organic edamame and carrots, celery, red bell pepper and scallions in a spicy soy sauce.  Asian… for my daughter. 

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Three Cheese Tortellini: Organic cheese alongside organic spinach and mushroom in a savory marinara sauce

Creamy Spinach & Tomato Linguini: Pasta with organic spinach and tomatoes    

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My daughter and I are super excited about tasty, affordable, 270 calories or less  lunch options to start off our new school year.  

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  • Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    August 28, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    These look really good! I need convenience foods for those busy nights when we are running in 20 different directions. Thanks for hosting Small Victories Sunday Linkup with us and I hope you linked up with our Pretty Pinterest Party too. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

  • Melissa

    August 23, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    All of these sound delicious! I think I would like the Three Cheese Tortellini the best! =)
    Thanks for sharing this information!

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